Poor Design Unreplaceable Nylon Drive Gear
Basically low hour unit, as still on original spool. Used on AK20 battery for 30 minutes. Stopped working. Disassembled. Motor works fine, but metal drive gear has chewed out large nylon drive gear. Can I replace cheap Nylon drive gear. NOOOOO. Need to replace entire motor bearing module at $140. Why mesh nylon with metal, if not to protect motor?? If you can only replace entire module, make it metal to metal. At least it might last past first length of nylon cord.
Purchased in December 2017 at Stihl Dealer.
Disappointed by Stihl
I have an FSA 85 but my complaint would be the same in the entire range . While it worked I thought it wonderful . The head must have got wet , long grass or cleaning , the motor bearing rusted and seized which caused the electronics to seize . I was quoted way over two thirds the cost of a new machine to fix . After two years this was very disappointing and unaffordable. I rang Stihl and they promised to get back to me, they never did .
I advise to not let your head get wet and keep it well lubricated.
I absolutely love the Stihl FSA 56
So easy and convenient to use on our block. Where we live often doesn't require the lawnmower to be pulled out so a quick tidy up with the FSA 56 is ideal.
No ear protection, no filling up with fuel, no mixing of fuel required when using it, just pick up and use. It's great.
The AK10 battery that comes with the unit is garbage. I upgraded to the AK20 at time of purchase and didn't have enough time to finish trimming front and back. I went back to the store and purchased a AK30 battery.
I recently moved to a new townhouse, still requiring 2 batteries to get done and found fishing line and string from a mop head in the long grass. The design of the head means it will suck up inside the the gear housing any rope etc that you may find in the grass. This requires you to use a torx bit to take the head apart, disentan...gle the string and put it back together. Have fun getting the internals to sit right when replacing the head. I've used this trimmer 8 times and I noticed when I went to use it last, the clips for the trimmer line house were not sitting right. A little more force didn't help, the clips push in and the housing is split badly, like you'd expect from thin plastic and heavy use wear and tear. I'll be heading back to stihl to get a replacement head, then I'll be retiring this trimmer. I went to bunnings and got an AEG 58volt trimmer. The battery charges 5 times quicker than the Stihl, it looks like a regular petrol trimmer with no silly vacuum like design flaw and I don't have to charge it until I've mowed a few times. And the price, it cost me less than the stihl with the AK20 and AK30 batteries! Stihl, you need to step up with this one.
I have a FSA 45 not 56.
I wanted a light easy to use grass trimmer for around my Greenhouse, garden and pergola. My husband has a heavy duty ride on and brush cutter and he never achieves the look I want plus the mess! Now I have my own perfect one. I have used it a couple of times and it is light, easy to use and has those wonderful little blades NO cord. Love it ! I use it for about 30 minutes then recharge. It had one dot of power left. It doesn’t take long to recharge. I just wanted to trim grass nothing heavier than that it does that job perfectly.
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I bought a Ryobi RTL 1238 with a 1200W motor and regretted it on day 1 - far too powerful, badly designed and destroyed the trimmer line in minutes. In comparison the FSA 56 is very light, balanced and has just the right amount of power. The cord lasts very well. I have the small capacity battery and it shows 2 bars after 20 minutes, but recharging is quick. This is a very well made product that is very suitable for light to moderate gardening tasks.
Light and easy to use line trimmer
I wanted an easy to use line trimmer after struggling with a petrol trimmer for years.
After doing a lot of research online I narrowed it down to the Ryobi battery trimmer and the Stihl FSA 56 battery line trimmer. I went and saw the Ryobi at Bunnings. Then I went to the Stihl dealer in Coburg - terrific showroom with almost everything they sell on display.
The Stihl FSA 56 felt so good I bought it on the spot. Priced at $349 including AK10 battery and charger it was $120 more expensive than the Ryobi but worth every cent for German made ...quality with availability of parts. The Stihl FSA 56 is very well balanced. It weighs 3.3kg including the battery but feels a lot lighter. Trimmer is very efficient and battery lasts for 20 minutes. This is usually sufficient for my small front and back yard. If needed the battery recharges in under an hour.
Questions & Answers
Anyone know how to replace the rotating head "cup unit" -the bit that holds the spool of strimmer line, please? One of the brass washers in the line feed hole has 'sharpened' and cuts the trimmer line within a few seconds leaving me with just one working piece of line and an out of balance head unit. Also the spool retaining cap is wearing out -as mentioned above (it is part of the replacement head cup unit).
We are having problems with the trimmer line. It constantly breaks after using it for a few minutes. We have taken it back to the Sthil store which we brought it and didn’t get very good customer service. Do anyone have any suggestions?
Hi Eric, I had similar problems, the advise given to me was to tap it more often, not to allow the line to get too shorts as it can "melt off" once it is too short. I started doing that, was an improvement, but now the bottom cover for the line catridge is falling apart from frequent tapping and from being under-engineered (thin plastic). (As per the writer below). Looking for another brand, as it not uncommon for me to stop 3-4 times per trimming to attend to the line even with frequent tapping...
The mower head on my FSA 56 is going to need replacing for the second time in 12 months - the plastic base cover for the line cartridge falls to pieces - the answer I got was don't let the base of the head touch the ground!!! :(
I have no easy answer except that Stihl are developing Brand suicide . I need new kit because of the failure of my whipper snipper and am looking at other brands . Great Shame as I have been a forty year fan .
Try another store to see if they give better service , my locals are lousy.
Used mine only for about a couple of years, perhaps 20 times, having similar problems, the plastic base is simply not designed to endure the tapping, which is ironically part of the trimming process/line feeding. Considering different brands... (tough choice as invested in 2 extra AK30 batteries....)
|Category||Battery Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Loop Handle|
|Power Source||Battery (Built-In)|
|Engine Type||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Cutting Head Type||Line|
|Cutting Width||280 mm|
|Noise Level||86 dB|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
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- MPN: FSA56
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